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“Just perfect.” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Portofino Hotel
Ranked #6 of 20 Hotels in Avalon
Certificate of Excellence
Fountain Valley, California
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Just perfect.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2012

From the smallest room to the suite - no disappointments! Beautifully maintained grounds. Great sun deck and views. Located just far enough down to be a little more quite than some. Staff is friendly and very accommodating. Had wine glasses, buckets, and openers available for us.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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San Diego, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2012

From the moment we arrived for check-in until we checked out three days later, the staff was always very kind and helpful. We were delighted when we walked into the little courtyard and up the steps to our room. You really feel as through you are in some quaint little European beach town. Our room was great - clean with a very comfortable bed. The sundeck is AMAZING. Plenty of lounge chairs, shaded tables, and even 2 "cabanas." The view of the bay is fantastic... We enjoyed some time on the sundeck all three days we were there! Breakfast is really convenient - you can grab and go, or enjoy the morning on their patio or in the courtyard. The coffee and cranberry scones were particularly fantastic. We will definitely be staying here on our next trip to Catalina!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MissAndria
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Ventura, California
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334 reviews
82 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2012

Villa Portofino's crowning glory is the rooftop sundeck festooned with potted flowers, bright red sultan-like covers over some of the padded lounge chairs with a stunning view in all directions. The room walls are on the thin side, but with a fan or a/c and if you are on the top floor in a back room off the courtyard, a more expensive room isn’t necessary because you will spend most of your time enjoying the view off the deck, sipping on your free bottle of wine (if you stay on your birthday) in the provided wine glasses.
Rooms were clean, staff was helpful and made phone calls to confirm the botanical garden was open that day, and called for a taxi.
Walk out the front doors and you are on the main street overlooking Avalon Bay. A continental breakfast of fresh pastries is served on the front patio where you can watch locals zip by in their golf carts. This would be my first choice on my next trip here.

Room Tip: Lots of stairs, but the back rooms off the courtyard were quiet, fewer people walking in front of yo...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank dkayrenick
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Evergreen, Colorado
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2012

loved the miramar room,the sun deck was the best people watching below on the street.A bottle of wine and some dominos on the sun deck,we'll be back. Beth And Jerry

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank jerry s
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Yuma
Level Contributor
11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2012

My wife and I were visiting Catalina for our anniversary. We stayed in the larger king room with couch and fireplace. The room was clean and comfortable. No view from that room but the hotel is in a great location in Catalina and has a very nice rooftop patio. The staff was very friendly, helpful, and polite. The room had a flat screen TV and DVD player should you be inclined to relax in-room and watch movies. I will say the comfort of the bed was not as good as some hotels I have stayed at. Even with that issue, our stay at the hotel was great and I would recommend it to anyone! We even checked into other hotels while on the island for future reference. We'll be returning to the Portofino.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank Steve S
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Warren, VT
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37 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2012

We were able to obtain a courtyard room upon a last minute decision to visit Catalina Island. The room was very comfortable, but had no view. The hotel fitted our needs perfectly. It was within walking distance of the ferry and restaurants. It had a fabulous sundeck overlooking the harbor. Relaxing! The continental breakfast was sufficient, and eaten on the small attractive patio in front of the hotel. We enjoyed our one night stay and would return.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2012

After doing extensive online research, I believe this hotel is the best option for those looking for great value without sacrificing quality. The sun deck was amazing, the staff was very polite, the room was clean and comfortable and the location couldn't be beat. They even let us check in to our room 4 hours early because it was ready for us; after enjoying our continental breakfast at a table overlooking the water! If we are lucky enough to return one day, we'll stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank 7521wifey
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Additional Information about Portofino Hotel

Property: Portofino Hotel
Address: 111 Crescent Avenue, PO Box 127, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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Region: United States > California > Catalina Island > Avalon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Avalon
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Avalon
#7 Romantic Hotel in Avalon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Portofino Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Footsteps from the water, the best of Catalina is just outside our door. Enjoy your island getaway in an ocean view suite or beautifully appointed guest room. ... more   less 
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Portofino Hotel Avalon
Portofino Hotel Catalina Island/Avalon, CA

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